Monthly Meetings:

All members are invited to our Monthly Meetings, held at St Patrick's Golf Club, Saul Road, Downpatrick.  We start at 10.30am and usually finish around 12.30.

Each month we have a guest speaker, who will give a talk on a subject of interest and there is always time to ask questions.  There is then an opportunity to have a chat and catch-up with other members over a cup of tea or coffee.  Finally, we have an update on activities and other events which might be of interest to members.  This is also an opportunity to put forward suggestions or ideas for new activities.

Below are the dates for forthcoming meetings and, where speakers have been confirmed, the name of the speaker and the topic they will be covering.

Also listed below are details of some of the speakers we have had over the last couple of years.

If you have any suggestions for speakers who may be of interest to the group, please let us know.

2 September 2019Colleen Milligan - Air Ambulance
30 September 2019Eric Woods on Sirocco Works
28 October 2019Tom Wooley on Healthy Houses
25 November 2019Vicky Chambers
Ulster Wildlife
27 January 2020Michael McKeag
24 February 2020Billy McCullough
Local Cinemas
30 March 2020Eric Woods - Three Ground-breaking Catherwoods
27 April 2020Coxwain of Donaghadee Lifeboat - to be confirmed and subject to change
18 May 2020Connor Hegarty - U3A Film Project

We do not normally have a formal meeting in June but instead arrange a social event ahead of the summer break when we do not meet during July & August.  The December meeting is normally replaced with a seasonal lunch earlier in the month.

Previous Meetings:

27 January 2020

Michael McKeag was the guest speaker, giving us an insight into the huge topic of Heraldry. Dating back to Medieval times when knights had individual coats of arms displayed on their shields allowing them to be recognised when they were dressed in full armour, heraldry is now more wide spread than at any other time. We may not notice but many of our back notes and some coins carry coats of arms. Michael gave us an introduction to how the approval and use of coats of arms are administered, as well as some of the terms used in heraldry to describe the designs.


25 November 2019

 Vickie Chambers from Ulster Wildlife, primarily a Conservation organisation, and a charity, gave a very comprehensive overview of the Trust’s activities and goals.  The 14,000 members, a number which has doubled in the last ten years, together with 13, 000 volunteers from many different sectors, eg., retirees, students, exchange programmes, etc. enables the trust to protect and restore habitats and eco systems.  Other benefits include the transference of skills and methods from other European countries and all of the healthy activities available to anyone.  Look on their website if you are interested in learning more, eg., the Island of Muck (and rats!), Pine Martins and Squirrels, Sharks, Skates and Rays ......















Mike KingDown County Museum - Building
Florence McFarlaneU3A Movement
Cathie McKimmDownpatrick Opera Fringe
Terence BowmanLife & Times at Mourne Observer
Dr CampbellSt PatrickÕs Centre & Life of St Patrick
Eddie McGradyLife of an MP
George RiceHistory of Ardglass
Emma ThorpeNorthern Ireland Screen (Historical Film Clips)
Jim ManlyArtist
Yvette ShapiroJournalist & Broadcaster
Senator Maurice HayesCareer
Professor Ronnie BuchananMerchants and Planters
Albert BairdImpact India
Olive BroderickVoluntary Arts Ireland
John KillenLinenhall Library
Clive ScoularSarah Purser Ð The life of
Pat DevlinGenealogy
Ed KilgoreMourne Mountain Rescue Team
Sean NolanThe Story of ÒMy Lagan LoveÓ
Walter LoveLife and Times
Dr Phillip DonaldWorking in Guinea
Iain DavidsonDown Arts Centre
Clive ScoularDr Hans Sloane
Linda McKennaCrime and Punishment in Co Down 18th & 19th Centuries
Jo WhatmoughA Life in Wildlife Conversation
Howard Goslyn18th & 19th Century Plant Collectors
Helen HoneymanA Tour of Iran
Finbar McCormackHistory and Folklore of Holy Wells
Kevin QuinnA Tour of Ireland Through Poetry
Sarah McCandlessPatient & Client Council
Peter McCannRennaisance Art
Madeleine McAlisterHistory of Underwear
Helen HoneymanTravels in Uzbekistan
Avril Milligan (Rowallane)Herbs
Brian KennedyHistory of Modern Irish Art
Janice HolmesA Social History of Down
David ParkWriting
Michael HealyWaste Not, Want Not
Susie MillarTwo New Pennies Ð Grandfather lost on the Titanic
Julian GreenwoodBirds of County Down
Brian BlackSailing in the Artic Ocean
Raymond & Sheila Crea and Maureen KellyTravels in Vietnam and Cambodia
Avril MilliganSpring Plants
Clive ScoularHenry Blackwood
Stuart PollardU3A Trust
Janet McLeanNational Gallery Celebrating 150 years
Roma TomeltyCareer Highlights
David AndersonHospitality at Hillsborough Castle
Diana GledhillTravels in Kamchatka
Julian GreenwoodBirdlife in South of France
Lisa MallonAlzheimerÕs Society
Tony & Rose MurphyTravels in Isreal
Dot BlakelyWater Birds on Quoille
Dr Brian McElroyChiropratric Treatment
Maria NobleHistory of Black People in the British Isles
Susan PriceNepal
Tony McAuleyWriter & Broadcaster
George BusbySecret Listeners of Gilnahirk
Norman KerrHarry Ferguson
Frank McGreevyCamino Walk
Manson BlairThe Sinking of the Titanic Ð the Alternative Story
Alan DrysdaleArds TT Races
Acting Up Group
Rosemary DohertyFather Dan CUmmings
John HannaConfessions of a Collector
Neil PorteousThe Development of Mount Stewart Garden
Marie MullanThe Geneva Window by Harry Clarke
Catherine McAnallenVolunteering Overseas - Any Granny Can
Ernie WilsonMourne Ramblings
Sandy SmithCS Lewis's links with County Down
Alan BucknallPower to our Children
Ernie CromieUlster Aviation Society
Tim CampbellThe St Patrick Way
Anna LoHer Life & Political Career
Samuel ReidThe Dogs Trust
Norman WeatherallHow we used to shop in Belfast
Simon MaltmanCrime Fiction Writer
Sheena WilkinsonHer life story as an author
Gerry MillerCreating a Memoir
Marie Therese Rogers-MoloneyThe Sins of my Mother
Martin CareyMourne Heritage Trust
Richard ParkinsonColditz
Leslie SimpsonRecipes from Down Museum Archive
Maria NobleThe History of Black Music
Richard GillDealing with Scams - Ulster Bank
Nicola MacDougalEnergy Efficiency in the Home
VickyUlster Wildlife Trust
Michael McKeagHeraldry
Billy McCulloughLocal Cinemas